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Lincolnton, NC
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The Family Retreat
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The Family Retreat
Family Retreat 2017

Friday, February 10th through Sunday, February 12th

This year's program is about Mission work in Ghana. If you would like to preview the program, visit the Facebook page "
To the ends of the earth: Ghana".
Contact the Church office or John Lafferty to register.

Each year our church holds an intergenerational all-family retreat at Reynolds Lodge in Montreat.  John Lafferty have been the planner for this retreat since its beginning about 20 years ago.  Attendance ranges from 35 to over 100 (really too many folks for a meaningful weekend).

The retreat seeks to be heavy on fellowship.  It begins with folks arrival on Friday evening, a program on Saturday morning (usually from 9 - 12 to 1 PM), afternoon for rest, relaxation, recreation (there is always a planned hike that John leads).  Saturday evening is spent "preparing dinner" – John’s world-famous Greek salad and something else and brief preparation for Sunday morning worship.  Sunday morning we have an informal worship service after breakfast, clean up and head back to Lincolnton.

To give you a flavor of the types of programs we have had in the past, a few are the programs:

  • The Ionian community (one by John McCall, formerly of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church and another by Al Tisdale, formerly a Presbyterian Minister and now an Episcopal Priest and the husband of Nora Tisdale who is now at Yale Divinity School).     

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls (Chip Crumley).

  • Art and Spirituality (one by Dr. Everett Thomas, former priest at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Lincolnton and another by Elizabeth Sproul Ross, who teaches art at CPCC).

  • Music ("From Celtic to Camp meeting" presented by Mike Randleman and two blue grass groups).

  • The mission of the church in community (Dr. Peter Paris, professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Seminary, now retired).

  • A program based on Tim Tyson's book "Blood Done Signed My Name" which also discussed the present challenge to include homosexuals in the church, presented by Tim's father, Vernon Tyson, a retired Methodist Pastor.

  • A play program which we called "Summer Camp in February", presented by Tommy Brown, head of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at ASU.

  • A magic program presented by Rick Ramseur.

  • A presentation on the History of Christianity presented by Craig Atwood, author of "Always Reforming" and now a professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

  • A program on the Kairos prison ministry presented by Ty Buckner, who grew up in our church and now lives in Greensboro.

  • A program on our responsibilities as Christians for the stewardship of the earth and its resources presented by Leigh Guth, a Home extension agent in Lincoln County.

  • A program presented by Jim Banks (who’s academic training is in business, theology, and spiritual training, and who is married to the Priest of the Episcopal Church in Boone) based on his “White Paper” commissioned by the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Western North Carolina to examine the loss of membership and attendance in the Episcopal Church and in other main line denominations, and the several responses the church can have to that issue.

  • A program where we watched and discussed a CD entitled “Journey to Paradise” in which Dr. Jacob Malone discusses the process of dying after being diagnosed with a terminal illness (Jake and John were class mates in high school. Jake was a minister at First Baptist Church in Augusta Georgia, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, 2014 and died in August, 2014. The CD was recorded between the dates of his diagnosis and his death.  He died two days after completing the study guide for this CD.)

  • 2015's program was a program on the civil laws relating to same sex marriage in North Carolina and the theological position of the Presbyterian Church to that issue.

  • 2016’s program was called Brownicity: The Art & Beauty of LIVING & LOVING Beyond Race, and is presented by Dr. Lucretia Berry.